Rats hate the smell of all types of mint, cat urine, moth balls and ammonia. Additionally, rats are repelled by food waste that's fermented using Bokashi, a Japanese method for breaking down organic matter before it's composted.
Rats avoid the smell of cat urine because they equate it with death. Mint and citronella plants repel rats when grown around gardens, and mint's essential oils work to deter rats as well. Napthalene balls repel rats with their strong odor, as does ammonia, which is typically diluted with distilled water and applied to the carpets or left in open containers in the areas rats frequent to deter them.Learn More
Although initial signs of pregnancy are difficult to detect, Loving Your Pet explains that pregnant guinea pigs drink more water and grow larger; however, pregnancy cannot be confirmed until the latter stages when her young can be felt through her skin. Guinea pigs prefer to give birth at night, labor lasting between 15 to 40 minutes, says Guinea Lynx. They often eat the afterbirth and placenta, hiding all evidence of a messy delivery.Full Answer >
Rodents eat a wide variety of foods, including nuts, fruits and vegetables. Rats are the only rodents that eat fish and meat, but all rodents like dog and cat food. Human trash is a good source of food for rodents.Full Answer >
The eastern gray squirrel, the type commonly seen in trees, does not hibernate during the winter, but the ground squirrel does hibernate in the winter. Both types of squirrel are common in North America, with the main difference being that the ground squirrel does not make its nests in trees, but creates burrows in the ground.Full Answer >
Chinchillas live throughout the Andes Mountains and prefer to live in the highest areas of the mountain as well as inside of hidden rock fractures. They are a communal animal and live in communities of two to three chinchillas to larger communities of 100+ chinchillas.Full Answer >